250 Tasting Notes
rinse, 8s, 10s
Goodness gracious! The tea is soooo above my level right now. I’m not ready. I’m clearly not ready for this. Is it called Golden Monkey because it’s supposed to smell like a monkey? woo! O.O Thank goodness it doesn’t taste like how it smells. There’s so much going on with this tea that I really don’t know how to describe the taste at all. Looking at the flavors highlighted at the top I think the malt, leather, and molasses are standing out to me the most right now. That’s such a crazy combo of flavors! Which must mean I’m close because my taste buds were just too confused!
Flavors: Leather, Malt, Molasses, Salt
Dry leaf: long; some green, some brownish green
Liquor: greenish yellow
1 infusion (5s): This tea is different from the 2 other dragonwells I just tasted. My eyes lit up when it hit my tongue because I could immediately sense a difference. It’s hard to put into words the difference between this tea and other dragonwells. I guess you could say it’s sweeter, brighter, and greener in taste. Simply an improvement in quality.
Flavors: Green, Sweet
This week is going to be all about challenging the conceptions I’ve built about tea throughout the first leg of my tea journey. I’ve written off whole categories of tea including green, black, and sheng (too grassy, too boring, too savory) but that was so many months ago that my tastes have changed, and my brewing methods have changed and I’m sure that many of the teas I didn’t like it was because I brewed them incorrectly.
I wasn’t optimistic about this tea when I looked at the dry leaf because they are nearly gray in color which I believe signifies low quality, but I went ahead anyway.
2 infusions: (5s, 10s) Not bad! It does taste a bit grassy, but not so much that it bothers me. I actually like it. It has a verry small hint of floral note at the end. Surprised that I noticed that.
Of to try more green teas!
Flavors: Flowers, Grass
Ok so I was crazy last time I said this tasted like “dark” but “not chocolate.” This is straight up liquid dark chocolate. But better because I normally find dark chocolate to be too bitter and prefer milk chocolate, but I really like this tea.
1st steeping (5s): Very strong, very dark chocolate, very delicious, ever so slightly bitter.
2nd steeping (15s): A little on the weaker side compared to the 1st brew. Same taste just not as bold. I think this is because the temperature had dropped to 201 when i brewed this one.
3rd steeping (5 min): so after hearing about crazy 8 minute, 15 minute etc. steepings I decided to go out on a limb and do a really long steeping time and see what happens. I didn’t want it to get cold, though. So I stopped at 5. Surprisingly, the strength of the brew was somewhere between steeping 1 and 2. Closer to 2 even. It wasn’t very strong at all! It made me think what would happen if I had done steeping number 3 for somewhere around 25 seconds like normal o.O At first I thought that maybe this tea just doesn’t have as much stamina as I thought, but looking at other tasting notes I know it has too! I’ll just have to try using more leaf next time and see what happens.
Oh, and by the way, I usually stop at 3 steepings due to caffeine sensitivity, but I did 2 more brews just to feed my yixing pot. :P
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate
Once again I’m trying to cut sugar out of my tea drinking experience. It’s really hard! Sugar is one of the toughest addictions to quit you know. Anyway, I drank this tonight without sugar and it’s better than how it tasted last time I tried it sugar-free. I must be getting better. I think rooibos tastes best when you let it steep for a really long time. It has a subtle sweetness to it.
This is one of those teas that I’m glad that I was able to sample before committing to buying it. It’s was actually really good on the first steep and pretty good on the second steep, but after that I found it difficult to get a good amount of flavor out of it, even when steeping for several minutes. So while it does taste nice, I prefer my teas to have a lot more stamina than that so I doubt I’ll be purchasing this one.
This tea is so appropriately named! Finally getting around to this one from the sampler that I bought months ago and it really does taste like dark chocolate without tasting like chocolate. So that means it tastes like dark. Wait, what?
Made this is my yixing and my tea pet thinks it’s delicious!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate
I really tried to like this tea since I enjoyed the others in the sampler pack so much, but this one didn’t do it for me. I found the flavor weak and the taste generic even after increasing steeping times. Eventually after just a couple of short gong fu steeps (like 4 or 5) the flavor was all gone, so…yeah not the best shou experience I’ve had.